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5 Ideas for Your Custom Home’s Exterior Design

There are many benefits to building a custom home — the most prominent being that you get to choose anything and everything that goes into it, from roofing, to flooring, and so on. But, with the thousands of unique materials and products on the market, it’s easy for those choices to get overwhelming. 

If you’re looking for some inspiration or direction on where to get started, we’re here to help! Our custom home builders have years of proven experience and a thorough understanding of what’s trending in the industry, and they’re happy to share what they’re seeing. Let’s start from the outside in and discuss a few custom home exterior design ideas to get your wishlist started!

1. Embrace a Popular Home Exterior Design Style

There are quite a few popular home exterior styles out there — and examples of each of them are all over the internet! While you certainly don’t have to love every aspect of any one of them, they do serve as great starting points for inspiration. Do some research to find one that could serve as a template for your design, then add or remove features that you like and don’t like. It’s quite possible you find a few features from multiple sources and you end up creating a new style of your own!

Recently, our custom home builders have found these home exterior styles have been trending: 

Modern Farmhouse

modern farmhouse

Blending elements of a traditional farmhouse with some key minimalist details, the modern farmhouse style is a great balance between comfort and elegance. If you love sleek lines, neutral tones, and cozy features, it could be a great starting point for your own custom home’s design. 


french country home

Based on traditional European architecture, the country-french style features a beautiful, classical appeal. Often built with a brick or stucco exterior, natural stone walls and flooring, and ornate windows, these homes display a whimsical sense of charm that almost resembles something out of a fairytale. 


The contemporary style is all about contrasting sizes, shapes, and textures. Often featuring various rectangular shapes, unique materials, and oversized windows, these homes rely on solid engineering to create a home that’s both simple and one-of-a-kind at the same time. 

2. Invest in Sustainable Solutions

Now more than ever, homeowners have been looking toward sustainable building solutions. Apart from being more friendly to our environment, sustainable homes bring a ton of other benefits as well, including: 

  • Enhanced durability – Many sustainable building materials are deemed “sustainable” because they have long lifespans and reduce the need for frequent maintenance and replacement. 
  • Improved health and comfort – Sustainable homes offer a quieter, more comfortable living environment with minimized toxic emissions and healthy indoor air quality.  
  • Reduced energy consumption (and cost!) – When you use less, you spend less. It’s an ongoing win-win for the environment and your wallet.

Generally, when homeowners think of sustainable exterior building materials, solar panels are the first thing that comes to mind. And while that’s definitely a valid solution, there are plenty of other materials to consider as well. Think of everything from your siding, to your roofing, to your landscaping, to your doors and windows. For each of these exterior features, there are various sustainable solutions to choose from that will result in a healthier home for both you and the environment around you. 

3. Create Your Dream Outdoor Living Space

Stage Pass Lot 1

Outdoor living spaces have recently become very popular. Not only do they provide opportunities for secluded outdoor retreats, but they also offer great spaces for entertaining friends and family. 

Whether it’s a full outdoor kitchen, an all-season screened-in porch, a luxury fire pit, or something completely unique, find something that you and your family will enjoy. You’ll find that not only do these spaces bring lifelong memories, but they also add a lot of value to your home. 

4. Enjoy Panoramic Views of Natural Landscapes

Chances are, if you’re hoping to build a new custom home, you’ll put some time and energy into finding the perfect location for it. If that location is surrounded by natural beauty, make sure you build your home in a way that you can embrace it! 

Adding large windows in your home’s exterior design will help you soak in all the gorgeous views, as well as brighten up the space inside. And, by soaking in all that natural light and heat, you’re also likely to see some energy efficiency improvements. 

As mentioned above, the contemporary style already makes great use of large windows, but they can truly be fit into any design style you prefer. 

5. Make a Great First Impression with a Statement Entryway

If you want your home to make a lasting impression on guests and passersby, focus some extra attention on building a statement entryway. This can also help boost your home’s curb appeal, which, in turn, also boosts it’s value. 

Think critically and creatively about which landscaping and hardscaping elements you’d like to implement. From walkways to bushes, fountains, lighting, and beyond, there are plenty of choices you can make to end up with a unique, yet cohesive appearance. 

Another tip here is to choose a bold front door. Whether it’s painted a bold color or designed with beautiful glass paneling, your front door can (and should!) do more than just secure your home’s interior from the elements. 

There’s a lot that goes into designing a custom home, but the end result is always worth it. If you’re interested in building one of your own, there’s no better place to do it than The Vineyards at Stage Pass. Our vineyard community is filled with amenities, sits in the center of beautiful Rogue Valley wine country, and is just minutes away from nearby activities and attractions. Contact our team to schedule a private tour.